“Le Roman de la Rose”: fear, danger, & walls vs. #bridgesnotwalls #NoWallsNoBan #LoveTrumpsHate



#UBCSAAM 2016-01-25 virtual teach-in (2)

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  • Some current parallels, like #femfog in the Medievalist community
  • Older post on here
  • Collected bits and pieces via Facebook and Twitter over the last week
  • And some more verbiage


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Next up: work in progress, #femfog


Currently connecting up:

  • The Maria de Ventadorn & Gui d’Uisel partimen
  • Some other medieval Occitan partimens & tensos
  • Questions: are rape jokes possible or permissible? Is there any way in which they can be positive and productive in educating and acting against rape (pseudo-)culture? And more immediately in preventing assault?
  • The K-Beauty débacle, feminism, academic feminism, and the point and public purpose of academia & academics
  • Having been obliged to think about the absurd foolish #femfog and #GYB bollocks, and how this feels… how shall I put it… intrusive?
  • Foolish and wise laughter and their social and ethical side: Plato (ideas triggered by talk on Friday), via Jean de Meun and Erasmus and Rabelais, looping back to medieval Occitania (and surrounds, i.e. Catalonia): Raimon Vidal de Besalú, Guilhem d’Aurenga, Socratic irony, true nobility of soul, and taking the piss (out of oneself and generally)
  • Satire, sincerity, play and its imaginative hypothetical space, and mesura (in whichever language, time, and culture; or as utopian ideal)
  • On which: it would be nice and proper if “PC” were to be returned to its original and longest-running meaning: the standard abbreviation for “Pillet-Carstens,” that is, the standard numbering system for the Troubadour lyric corpus (at least, for the 478 poets identified at that time, which has expanded since) and our industry standard since Alfred Pillet & Henry Carstens, Bibliographie der Troubadours. Schriften der Königsberger Gelehrten Gesellschaft, Sonderreihe, Band 3. (Halle: Niemeyer, 1933); for the record, this was one of these monumental two-generation-spanning works actually completed in 1931 and NOT a member of that other species of 1930s German philology. William P. Shepard’s classic 1934 Modern Language Notes review may be recommended as a splendid quick introduction in English.
  • So: #FeministHardcorePhilologySaysFogYou and #FogYB


Radio-Canada interviews: notes (English version)

(Updated 2016-01-10 & -19)


On blogging and hospitality (revised August 2017)

While I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Chronic(le) pieces, and while they can be disappointingly click-baity, I thought this “advice” yesterday from David Perry was splendid. It’s short and simple. Clear and true.


Facebook history this week

Facebook has long very keen on “stories” and “storytelling.” This is as much to do with marketing, advertising, and commercial selling as it is with sociable chat and chatter or with celebrating and nurturing imagination and civilisation. Nevertheless, the Facebook Grand Master Authors’ intentions notwithstanding, Facebook is a good read for us Lit. Hum. readers of stories and histories, or, as meta-meta-meta-medievalists might prefer, histoires. 

There’s also a goodly dose of the poetic, metapoetic, and mythopoetic; often also weaving themselves into narrative continuities. Memes start, wax, wane, cross-fertilise, and morph. Poetic histories happen. Myths cycle, loop, and spiral in endless return. Interrupted and deviated by creative sparks, derivative ingenuities, and other metamorphoses too.

Of the various assorted topical strands running around on Facebook of late, several have been about history and histories. And one stands out as actually being important and of continuing relevance. (more…)


Or: public outreach act of the week: what an academic does at the weekend.


another day, another fun-filled survey

and at some point I will actually get to see more of the UBC Medieval Workshop! My main impediment hasn’t been completing surveys; it’s been the unfortunate conflict with teaching and meetings. But these have all been fine; I’m not complaining.

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First, the fun stuff. The Medieval Workshop. (more…)